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Habitat for Humanity, Nintendo open doors to the future

Habitat affiliates strive to build 1,000 homes in Florida this year

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Nov. 11, 2004) – Habitat for Humanity International today announced that Nintendo of America has donated 1,000 doors to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Florida to help the nonprofit homebuilding organization. Nintendo video game icon Mario™ joins Habitat for Humanity volunteers today at a build site in Pensacola, Fla., to deliver and help install the first of the 1,000 doors.

 

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Nintendo made the donation in honor of Mario’s new role-playing video game, Paper Mario™: The Thousand-Year Door. Habitat for Humanity affiliates will use the doors in home building projects across the state of Florida, working toward its goal to build a record 1,000 houses in the state this year. Lowe’s Home Improvement, a national partner with Habitat for Humanity International, supported this donation by providing the doors to Nintendo at a discount.

“Nintendo’s generosity reflects the spirit of the organization,” said Dick Weber, regional director for Habitat for Humanity International’s Southeast Regional Service Center, which includes Florida. “The gift of 1,000 doors will open new doors for families in need across Florida – families who have the same dreams as most Americans do, to someday have a simple, decent home to call their own.”

“Nintendo is proud to be a part of this great rebuilding effort,” says George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. “We trust this contribution will open the door for hundreds of families to enjoy a better life.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, visit www.habitat.org.

About Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door stars Mario, who can alter his shape from a paper airplane for flight, to a tube of paper to roll, to a paper ship to float; thus creating a unique way to progress through the game and battle a variety of enemies. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, exclusively for Nintendo GameCube™ is Rated E for Everyone and is available now at an MSRP of $49.99.

About Nintendo
The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems extend Nintendo’s vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.9 billion video games and more than 170 million hardware units globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario™ and Donkey Kong® and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s web site at www.nintendo.com.